Cynthia Rowden is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Trademarks practice group.
Cynthia specializes in all areas of trademark and copyright law. Much of her practice relates to managing the international trademark portfolios of large Canadian companies, and the Canadian portfolios of some of the biggest trademark owners in the world. Her practice includes advice on selecting and protecting new marks, opposition and cancellation proceedings, strategy for enforcement, and Internet-related intellectual property issues.
Cynthia has chaired and served on numerous committees involved in trademark law, Internet and domain name law and international trademark protection. She is a past President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), and has previously chaired both its Trade-mark Joint Liaison and Trade-mark Legislation Committees. She is currently a member of the Institute’s Trade-mark Legislation Committee. Cynthia was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and is currently a member of its Trademark Office Practices Committee (TOPC). For both IPIC and INTA, she has been involved in reviewing, commenting and presenting to the government on new trademark legislation dealing with counterfeits and other changes to the Trade-marks Act. She is a frequent writer and speaker on trademark law, and delivers an annual paper on recent developments in trademark law presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Cynthia is frequently named as a leading trademark practitioner in Canada and globally. The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 named Cynthia as Best Lawyers’ 2014 Toronto Intellectual Property Law "Lawyer of the Year”, and Who’s Who Legal 2014 ranked her as “Trademarks Lawyer of the Year”. She is also the winner of the 2014 INTA President’s Award, being noted as being a “dedicated, knowledgeable and expert practitioner”, and was most recently named among the top intellectual property lawyers in Canada in the 17th edition of The 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.